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Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor

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Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction by the French in 1687. With the completion in Fall 2015 of the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan now is a year-round destination for visitors to explore the nearly five centuries of artistic, archeological, cultural and historical artifacts, including works from many contemporary Native artists. In addition to the nearly 3,000 square feet of interactive gallery space with 15 exhibits, there is also a 10-foot scale model of the full-size bark longhouse replica, open on the site from May 1-Oct. 31. The Center also includes an orientation theater, two classrooms, and a multi-purpose auditorium with flexible, roll-out theater seating and sprung floor.

Outdoors, visitors can enjoy self-guided tours through beauifully-marked trails on the Site's 500+ acres.

Ganondagan also acts as a resource for students and educators about the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, and its message of peace. Every summer, Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival brings more than 4,000 people from all over the world. Friends of Ganondagan hosts the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day and presents lectures, workshops, and programming reflecting the vibrancy of a living culture and ensuring a sustainable future. Visit www.ganondagan.org
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  • Great intro video on Iroquois origin story. Don't miss it. Historical room is very good for adults and children. Wonderful art work throughout. Walk up the hill to the longhouse, and see the gardens n...  more »
  • From my understanding, this is a fairly recent attraction, and as such needs our support even more so. But that's not the only reason to visit; the Seneca culture and history is fascinating! Although ...  more »
  • Loved it and hope to visit again! Lots of work went in the exhibits and it looks great! Very high tech and interactive exhibits.  more »
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  • Really wonderful stroll through history here. The new Seneca cultural center is amazing with a wealth of artifacts from the Seneca from the 1500's right up to today. Take a stroll around the beautiful trails which are full of historical signs showing the areas where the French and Seneca fought in the 1600's.
  • Well worth a day spent learning about our native tradition
  • Education is the key to creating awareness and peace.
  • Awesome public use trails! I love to run and walk them all the time!
  • The hiking trails range from woodsy ravines to gently sloped meadows.